Runbow is a nine-player, fast-paced mutliplayer platforming game developed by 13AM Games that's coming to the Wii U eShop next year, and looks to be a very promising example of indie development for Nintendo. The guys working on the game are nothing if not ambitious, and we managed to get some fresh information about some of the things you can expect to see.
The gameplay that’s been showcased before is from the Run mode, which pits you against up to eight of your friends in a platforming race to the finish. It’s not that simple though, the background will periodically change colour and any of the platforms or obstacles that match the colour of the time will disappear and no longer exist in gameplay for as long as they're hidden. This is the key element to most of the game’s modes, of which there are many.
A single player campaign will feature in the final product to allow you to enjoy the game even if you don’t have any friends available at the time. Coupled with this is a challenge mode that will be “comparable to the Adventure Mode in Hyrule Warriors”, and promises to provide ample single-player fun once the main campaign has been beaten.
Alongside the Run mode, there are other multiplayer delights including King of the Hill (which is exactly what it sounds like) and Arena, which functions much like a deathmatch wherein you have to stay aloft of a hazard to survive, all the while attempting to bash your opponents off the edge and into their doom. There are also plans to bring the gameplay online, allowing for potentially even more than nine players in a single game. Whilst these are all great features, they don’t even come close to what else has been revealed.
Bowhemoth is a single player, solitary, gargantuan, and brutally difficult level designed to test both your skill and endurance. The Bowhemoth gives you just three lives to tackle an obstacle course that will take between 30 and 40 minutes to complete, and should you manage to best the challenge put before you, you’ll be able to see just how well you did against the rest of the world via an online leaderboard. This one will be something for the platforming veterans.
The last mode revealed is Colourmaster, which designates the player with the GamePad as the titular deity that can control the environment that the other eight players are running in. This includes spawning obstacles and controlling the colours to confuse and defeat the runners in their plight.
To make an evening with this title and some friends even better, 13AM Games is planning to implement a system that takes advantage of the GamePad’s microphone and camera. Appropriately titled the Frustration Cam this feature will recognise when someone yells or screams out in anger or displeasure and will use the camera to take a snapshot of the occasion for your viewing pleasure once the match is over.
It’s encouraging to see an indie developer really taking advantage of what the Wii U has to offer, and it’s apparent that this is a game that couldn’t exist in this form on any other console — it will likely come to other platforms, however. The game is also currently running at 60 frames per second in full 1080p, and 13AM Games has stated that it plans to keep it this way upon release.
Are you looking forward to this colourful caper? Let us know in the comments below!
This looks... chaotic.
Is someone else experiencing this: https://scontent-a-kul.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/t31.0-8/10511425_867005866666674_8327037517039343118_o.jpg
@MMSK786 That was posted on the forums earlier.
This games been added to my wishlish, hope it turns out great.
This looks worth a look when it comes out. Always looking for good family fun and so on my youngest will make 5 that can play in the house.
Frustration cam <3
The Wii U has a USP with good potential here, 8-player smash, 9-player Runbow. With the right marketing (yeah, I know), the Wii U could be branded the ultimate party machine!
Not gonna lie, looks pretty great.
I am surprised to see a developer take advantage of so many of the Wii U's unique features and because of that, here's hoping that the game succeeds since it looks rock solid so far!
Looks pretty good, I have this on my radar.
I don't know if NL realizes the crisis right now that's going on in SSB3ds online. YOU GET BANNED FOR OVER A CENTURY!
That is a long time! 136 years! What did you do to get banned for life?
@Nicolai @drewb0203 I think this is just a hoax?Someone posted about it earlier on forums saying it originally happened to him and now someone stole his photo and its all over the internet.
Looks good for a little fun w/ the kids. Don't see anybody in my household taking on a 30-40 minute behemoth mode though
Another game that I will support. Uses the Wii U features without making up excuses. And it seems there is enough single player content as well.
looks like fun il have to keep an Eye on it.
The Stage Bilder has my intrest My only worry is the back ground ( I have a History of Eplepsy ) and that sort of thing makes me feal a Little bit funny.. eh.. il still get the game but just be cerfull with it.
Nice! Looks like fun, just my kind of game. Had a lot of fun with Gnomz and this seems to be a game that is easy to control but chaotic so that you want to play just one more time.
Looks deserving of a purchase!
I'm liking the super party-mode the WiiU is heading to.
Looks really promising, definitely going to follow the progress on this one. Always looking for more fun games to play on game nights with friends.
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Wow, the developers 13AM are fresh graduates from game design at Fullsail. From what I understand they actually made this as their final project in school and the teacher was so impressed they were allow to take school material and use it in the real world. Nintendo of all companies were the only ones to take interest in the game and its unique 9player support and now 13AM is making it and Nintendo is publishing it. Kudos to 13AM
This looks awesome. It sorta reminds me of TowerFall. It'll be nice to have a game like this for WiiU.
If done right, this could be the next Rayman Origins.
I can only imagine the pictures that will be taken with this.
I might try it out. looks fun. but 9 player? that could get messy.
I'm always a fan of games that use Wii U's features (Stealth INC. 2). I really want Runbow to be good, but I may have to watch some Let's Play videos post release to really see if I care for this.
I may support this with my Deluxe Digital Promotion money, as I can't find anything else that's ten dollars, I wouldn't mind paying a little extra. I sure wish Shovel Knight would go on sale already.
Is there CPU? And if they add Online I will definently get this.
If there is online, i will definitely buy. If not, I still may purchase this.
Looks fun. About time a studio really took advantage of this system. The frustration mode is simple and genius. I can see others copying that idea and I wouldn't blame them. This game will be bought in my house.
This looks like the good side of insanity.
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